Dear Editor: We were among the 200,000 who took part in the Women’s March on Jan. 20 in Manhattan.
We marched to show our support for the “Dreamers” and to encourage the Congress to enact meaningful immigration legislation dealing with immigrants yearning to breathe free.
When Mychal returned home from school one day, he observed his mother crying at the kitchen table. She pointed her finger to a letter on the table and he knew right away it was from her family in Donegal, Ireland. Mychal read a portion of the letter and realized that his grandmother had died suddenly. His mother was unable to return to Ireland because she was “undocumented.” The look on his mother’s face horrified him; she was trapped. Her feeling of hopelessness never left him.
Mychal remembers distinctly from catechism class a story that whenever Jesus was preaching the Gospel from village to village, He was often stopped and asked, “where are your papers.” It is time to put an end to these types of inquiry.
The Congress must act swiftly to enact appropriate legislation dealing with Dreamers and other Undocumented Immigrants.
BARBARA FLYNN AND MYCHAL MCNICHOLAS